Personal Project

An MYP Personal Project, completed by all students in year 5 (grade 10), allows students to consolidate the learning they have developed throughout the programme. It also provides them the opportunity to showcase the attributes of the IB learner profile; to demonstrate ATL skills and foster the development of independent, lifelong learners.  Grade 10 students will be assigned to a Hugh Boyd teacher who will support and work with their designated students throughout the duration of the project.  Teachers will meet their students several times a year to help with any questions, and ensure students are on track with their project.

The Personal Project Fair is hosted by Hugh Boyd Secondary each year to allow students the opportunity to share their hard work.  

The Personal Project will be assessed according to the MYP criteria for the Personal Project.  Teachers will report out on progress of the project throughout the year, on report cards and/or interims.  The final evaluation of the Personal Project will be included on the final report card.

Assessment Criteria for the Personal Project:

Each personal project objective corresponds to one of four equally weighted assessment criteria. Each criterion has eight possible achievement levels (1–8), divided into four bands with unique descriptors that teachers use to make judgments about students’ work.

Criterion A: Investigating

Students define a clear goal and global context for the project, based on personal interests.

Students identify prior learning and subject-specific knowledge relevant to the project.

Students demonstrate research skills.

Criterion B: Planning

Students develop criteria for the product/outcome.

Students plan and record the development process of the project.

Students demonstrate self-management skills.

Criterion C: Taking action

Students create a product/outcome in response to the goal, global context and criteria.

Students demonstrate thinking, communication and social skills.

Criterion D: Reflecting

Students evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria.  

Students reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context.  

Students reflect on their development as IB learners through the project.  


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Project Aims and Objectives

The MYP personal project is a student-centred and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours. The personal project formally assesses students’ ATL skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.

The personal project encourages students to practise and strengthen their ATL skills, to connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience, and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning.

MYP year 5 students must successfully complete the externally moderated personal project to be eligible for IB MYP course results and the IB MYP certificate. Students participating in MYP years 3, 4 and 5 may engage in both projects.

MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:

• participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context

• generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation

• demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time

• communicate effectively in a variety of situations

• demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning

• appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments